Talents are given and sustained by God
For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?
Skill, ability and knowledge given by God for the making of the Tent of Meeting:
To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.
Talents need to be developed
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands,
Talents are to be devoted to God
For his own glory
whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
For the good of others
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
Talents are to be accounted for
Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
Rewards according to use or misuse of talents
His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’